England

Hodgson: England will not recall Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry is not in England's World Cup plans this summer.
Share This Story

   
 

CATCH THE FEVER

With the World Cup draw complete, look at all 32 teams who will compete for the trophy next year.

England coach Roy Hodgson has ruled out trying to persuade John Terry to return to international football for the World Cup despite strong performances for Chelsea.

The 33-year-old center back quit England duty in 2012 before being found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing an opponent while playing for Chelsea. There has been a clamor for Terry to return to the England fold during the defender's successful season with Chelsea.

Hodgson is not willing to risk antagonizing the squad by asking the former captain to reverse his international retirement for the World Cup, having not featured in qualifying for Brazil. Furthermore, Hodgson says there is no question of him asking the former captain to play for the Three Lions in Brazil, however.

Hodgson said on Wednesday: "John has retired and as far as I am concerned that is the situation. We have got along without him for the whole of the qualification and quite a few friendly matches as well so we will have to get along without him in the future."

Terry has enjoyed a renaissance since Jose Mourinho came back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as manager. Terry's partnership with Gary Cahill has been particularly pleasing for the Chelsea boss and the club's fans, who have watched the Londoners climb to the top of the Barclays Premier League recently.

SPECIAL ADMISSION

Enjoy your FOX Soccer 2GO for free and watch your heroes in action here.

England's second highest goal scorer Gary Lineker led the calls for Terry's reintegration on Twitter last week when he posted: "Must be hugely tempting for Roy Hodgson to pick up the phone to John Terry. Solid regular partnership with (Gary) Cahill. Best option by far."

But to be clear on the matter, Hodgson reiterated his stance on Terry when quizzed about the 78-cap defender for a second time.

Terry called time on his England career in September 2012, accusing the Football Association of making his position within the international set-up "untenable" following its pursuit of a racism charge against him. The FA banned Terry for four matches for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in October 2012, but the defender was cleared of criminal charges regarding the matter.

Terry said "that doors is closed" when he was asked about a potential comeback in January. Terry's stance has not changed since, and those close to the defender were miffed by recent reports that the Chelsea captain had made himself available for England's March friendly against Denmark - the final game the Three Lions play before Hodgson selects his provisional World Cup squad.

Hodgson selected a number of centre-backs for England's World Cup qualification campaign after Terry decided to call it a day. Joleon Lescott, Chris Smalling, Steven Caulker and Phil Jones were used in that position before Hodgson appeared to settle on a first-choice pairing of Cahill and Phil Jagielka.

England conceded just four goals in their qualifying campaign after Terry retired.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Pochettino, Spurs aiming for Premier League title Posted: Jul 19, 2014
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals that his ultimate challenge is to bri...

Yaya Toure set to stay at Manchester City Posted: Jul 19, 2014
Yaya Toure has put a summer of transfer speculation behind him and is set to sta...

Rio Ferdinand completes QPR move Posted: Jul 18, 2014
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has completed his move to Queens...

Van Gaal knows importance of Manchester United Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Louis Van Gaal hopes to full fill expectations as new Manchester United manager.

Chelsea agree fee for Filipe Luis Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Brazilian defender, Filipe Luis, is set to join Chelsea with a deal completed su...